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Meet our Researchers

The Heart and Stroke Foundation, BC & Yukon, will fund more than 18 researchers and research teams at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and the University of Victoria in 2014/2015. This year, more than $2 million will fund new and continuing cardiovascular and cerebrovascular research projects through the Grants-in-Aid program.


Research Focus: Heart Disease

Dr. Jason Andrade »
Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiology
University of British Columbia

Topic: Is a shorter freezing duration during catheter ablation better than a longer one?


Dr. Jonathan Choy »
Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Simon Fraser University

Topic: How can we improve heart transplant success?


Dr. Thomas Claydon »
Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology
Simon Fraser University

Topic: Can heart channel activity be optimized for cardiac health?


Dr. David Fedida »
Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
University of British Columbia

Topic: : How do potassium channel components work together in states of disease and health?


Dr. Pamela Hoodless »
Professor, Department of Medical Genetics
University of British Columbia

Topic: : What genetic factors involved in valve formation influence the development of valve disease?


Dr. Andrew Krahn »
Professor and Head, Division of Cardiology
University of British Columbia

Topic: Can effective testing for genetic abnormalities be developed to prevent sudden death?


Dr. Andrew Krahn »
Professor and Head, Division of Cardiology
University of British Columbia

Topic: How can we improve Long QT syndrome diagnosis and treatment?


Dr. Brian Rodrigues »
Professor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of British Columbia

Topic: How does diabetes change cardiac metabolism to cause heart disease?


Dr. Shubhayan Sanatani »
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
University of British Columbia

Topic: How can we refine the diagnosis and treatment of CPVT?



Research Focus: Stroke

Dr. Craig Brown »
Assistant Professor, Division of Medical Sciences
University of Victoria

Topic: What role do nicotine receptors play in functional recovery after stroke?


Dr. Janice Eng »
Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
University of British Columbia

Topic: Can use of a robotic exoskeleton promote walking recovery after stroke?


Dr. Jayne Garland »
Professor and Head, Department of Physical Therapy
University of British Columbia

Topic: How can recovering walking ability post-stroke be enhanced?


Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose »
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
University of British Columbia

Topic: Can resistance training delay vascular cognitive impairment?


Dr. Timothy Murphy »
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
University of British Columbia

Topic: Can we determine which brain cells survive stroke for optimal recovery?


Dr. E. Paul Zehr »
Professor, Division of Medical Sciences
University of Victoria

Topic: How can stroke patients recover arm and leg control?



Research Focus: Heart Disease and Stroke

Dr. Pascal Bernatchez »
Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
University of British Columbi

Topic: Can a modified protein protect against and treat atherosclerosis?


Dr. Victoria Claydon »
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology
Simon Fraser University

Topic: How does nerve damage in SCI patients lead to cardiovascular complications?


Dr. Susanne Clee »
Assistant Professor, Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
University of British Columbia

Topic: Can we identify and modify specific genes to treat obesity?


Dr. Aly Karsan »
Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
University of British Columbia

Topic: Can examining blood cell development provide new ways to treat atherosclerosis?


Dr. Heather McKay »
Professor, Department of Family Practice & Orthopaedics
University of British Columbia

Topic: Can mobility friendly neighbourhoods encourage children and youth to be more physically active?


Dr. Kenneth Madden »
Associate Professor, Division of Geriatric Medicine
University of British Columbia

Topic: Can acarbose treat postprandial hypotension to prevent fainting in older adults?


Dr. Ed Pryzdial »
Clinical Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
University of British Columbia

Topic: Is a modified coagulation protein the answer to producing a safer, more effective clot busting drug?


Dr. Fabio Rossi »
Professor, Department of Medical Genetics
University of British Columbia

Topic: Can fat cell growth be influenced to reduce cardiovascular risk?


Dr. Gerry Veenstra »
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
University of British Columbia

Topic: What effects do the social determinants of health have on cardiovascular well being?